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Hilton Head

Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island

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Why We Love It

  • Expansive family resort with two restaurants, a spa & direct beach access
  • Great for visiting nature reserves & outdoor activities such as tennis, cycling and golf
  • Family-oriented amenities include a kids club, play area & heated pool with a no-steps entrance
  • Rooms were fully renovated in 2013 and all have private patios or balconies

"Set in a luxuriant garden" -- Fodor's

93% (30 Member Ratings)

"The Thanksgiving Day Brunch!"
Nov 30, 2016
Toledo, OH, United States

Map & Directions

The hotel is a 45-minute drive from Savannah and about an hour and a half from Charleston. The nearest international airport is in Savannah and is about an hour's drive from the hotel. Parking at the hotel is included in the resort fee, but valet parking costs extra.

Rooms & Rates

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Extensively renovated to the tune of $30 million and completed in May 2013, Sonesta Resort Hilton Head is a laid-back family resort set on 11 acres of the Shipyard Plantation, with hammocks on the grounds and a classy maritime theme. It’s a great destination for outdoor activities -- the hotel provides direct beach access and on-site bicycle rental (extra charge applies). Nearby water sports range from kayaking to charter fishing, and there are 200 tennis courts and 24 golf courses on the island.

There are plenty of dining options on site, including Heyward’s Restaurant (steak, seafood and breakfast) and Seacrest Terrace and Patio for small plates and live music (Friday & Saturday, 7-10pm). There’s even a poolside dining service at the outdoor pool and hot tub, and happy hour is a regular feature at both of the hotel’s bars (Monday-Thursday, 4-6 pm). If you feel like getting out and about, the cafés, snack shops and restaurants at Coligny Plaza shopping center are a 10-minute drive away. There is also shuttle service that ferries guests around the Shipyard Plantation, a 24-hour fitness center, a spa, a child-friendly heated pool and a kids program for 3- to 12-year-olds.

Contemporary rooms have carpeted floors and floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that lead out to a private patio or balcony. Most rooms overlook the lush gardens; however, some have views of the pool with the ocean in the distance, and the best have full ocean views. Opt for a corner room for extra space and a fold-out sofa bed.

There is a $16 per-room, per-night resort fee, which covers self-parking, island-wide phone calls, Wi-Fi, shuttle transfers within the Shipyard Plantation and daily newspapers (on request).

From the press:
  • "Decorated in a classy nautical theme and set in a luxuriant garden, the Sonesta is the centerpiece of Shipyard Plantation, which means guests have access to all its amenities, including golf and tennis" -- Fodor's



  • Bar
  • Kids' club
  • Pool bar
  • Tennis courts
  • Pet-friendly
  • Spa


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Concierge service
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Safe
  • Video games on request


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Hair-dryer


  • Complimentary parking
  • Valet service (fees apply)

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 4pm

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 12pm

Pets: Pets allowed

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Pets allowed Check-in time starts at 4pm Check-out time is 12pm

Know Before You Go

  • Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments. Reservations can be made by contacting the resort prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Up to 2 children 18 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.
  • The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.
  • This property allows pets in specific rooms only (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section). Guests can request one of these rooms by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 5.00 and USD 35.00 for adults, USD 5.00 and USD 30.00 for children (approximately)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 10.00 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Pet deposit: USD 150.00 per stay
  • Pet fee: USD 150.00 per accommodation, per stay
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 25.00 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Mandatory Fees and Taxes

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Destination fee: USD 2 per accommodation, per night
  • Resort fee: USD 20.00 per accommodation, per night
The resort fee includes:
  • Pool access
  • Beach access
  • Health club access
  • Fitness center access
  • Internet access
  • Newspaper
  • Phone calls
  • In-room coffee
  • Self parking
  • Parking

We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 3pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

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93% Positive
(30 Member Reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island over the past 15 months.
4.6 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.6 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.4 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The Thanksgiving Day Brunch!
Other Comments
The accommodations were very nice; clean and spacious. The grounds were well kept and the staff was professional and courteous. We were pleased with our stay at the Sonesta Resort..
Denise Nov 30, 2016 Toledo, OH, United States
Enjoyed Most
The thing I enjoyed the most was the proximity of the hotel to the ocean and the comfort of the whole place, down to and including the bedding.
Other Comments
It was a perfect weekend. The weather cooperated and everything went just right. The cleanliness of the place, the friendly and helpful staff and did I mention the proximity to the ocean?
Jose Nov 29, 2016 Kissimmee, FL, United States
Enjoyed Most
The heated outdoor pool and hot tub.it was very relaxing.
Other Comments
Friendly staff and easy access to the beach.
Martha Nov 16, 2016 Evans, GA, United States
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
All new hotel, very nice
Samuel Nov 09, 2016 Lake Wylie, SC, United States
Enjoyed Most
Beautiful property with very attentive staff.
Donald Nov 01, 2016 Murrells Inlet, SC, United States
Enjoyed Most
The atmoshpere/ambiance was absolutely beautiful. I will definitely go back.
Other Comments
This was my first trip to Hilton Head and it was a great one!
Hope Nov 01, 2016 Jacksonville, FL, United States
Other Comments
My reservations got pushed out from original dates I reserved due to hurricane matthew hitting the island. Due to dates being pushed out I was charged more than the $149 per night I originally purchased. Even though no fault of mine. I don't really agree with that but had no choice
Roger Oct 18, 2016 Pilot Mountain, NC, United States
Other Comments
The front desk called and asked 5 times for the travel zoo coupons which we presented upon check-in. We emailed them every time they asked. No discount is worth that inconvenience.
Ryan Oct 18, 2016 Bloomingdale, GA, United States
Enjoyed Most
Grounds were beautiful. Easy access to beach. 3 different options for dining right on the resort.
Other Comments
The room that you got using the Travel Zoo voucher had a slight view of the ocean. Most of the view from the room was of the roof of the conference area that is attached to the hotel.
Lorraine Oct 09, 2016 Columbia, SC, United States
Enjoyed Most
Beautiful resort friendly staff
Nancy Oct 06, 2016 Apex, NC, United States

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